Agent of Influence (2002 TV Movie)
S E C R E T Section 01 Of 04 Riyadh 000651
Department For Nea/Arp (Jharris), R (Mark Davidson), Nea/Ppd (Walter
Eo 12958 Decl: 10/20/2050
Tags Pgov, Phum, Pter, Econ Kisl, Sa
Subject: Ideological And Ownership Trends In The Saudi Media
Classified By: Cda David Rundell for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1. (S) Summary: The Saudi regulatory system offers the al-Saud regime a means to manipulate the nation's print media to promote its own agenda without exercising day-to-day oversight over journalists, and Saudi journalists are free to write what they wish provided they do not criticize the ruling family or expose government corruption. In addition, most media in Saudi Arabia--print and electronic--are owned by royal family members, and accordingly self-censorship is the order of the day. In comparison to a few years ago, however, the media business in Saudi Arabia is dynamic, fueled by increased demand by Saudi and pan-Arab audiences,
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